Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum
Constructed in 1857, the Liberty Hyde Bailey museum is one of the oldest standing homes in South Haven and was the principal building of the 80-acre Bailey farm that pioneered peach and apple farming along Michigan's Fruit Belt. It was in this rural setting that America's preeminent horticulturalist, ecologist and poet Liberty Hyde Bailey was born (1858-1954). In his youth, this home in South Haven served as an open-air scientific arboretum, leading him to ponder man's relationship to nature. The author of sixty-five books, Bailey organized the Horticulture Department at Michigan State University and became dean of the College of Agriculture at Cornell University in New York. Bailey's goal was to improve the life of the small farmer, wherever they lived. Dr. Bailey's birth site was presented to the city of South Haven in 1937 as a memorial to him. This National Historic Site honors the work and family of Liberty Hyde Bailey and chronicles South Haven's rich agricultural heritage. The house also has an extensive library of Bailey's writings. Admission is free. Group tours are available.
In the warmer months, lectures, classes and workshops are hosted. Also, kids classes are offered--ages 6-11 yrs.
The Museum is a National Historic Site.
The McNeill Woodshed and the barn are available for sit-down meetings and small, intimate gatherings.